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Mechanicsburg business owner sentenced to prison for unpaid taxes

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The owner of a Dauphin County drywall company has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for failure to pay federal payroll taxes.

Nicholas Long of Mechanicsburg was sentenced last week to one year and one day in prison with three additional years of supervised release for failure to pay over $216,000 in payroll taxes from his business Harrisburg Commercial Interior between 2013 and 2014.

Long was sentenced by federal District Court Judge Sylvia Rambo last Thursday after pleading guilty in October to charges of willful failure to pay federal payroll taxes, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office.

According to a statement from the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, investigators with the Internal Revenue Service were tipped off by several employees of Long when they did not receive their 2013 tax refunds.

The statement noted Long was the sole owner of Harrisburg Commercial Interior, and was also responsible for managing the firm’s payroll. Long withheld over $160,000 from nearly $731,000 in pay to his employees between 2013 and 2014, but did not submit those funds to the IRS as tax payments.

In addition to sentencing Long, Judge Rambo ordered him to pay restitution for the full $216,304 he failed to pay. He has already paid back $140,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

According to court records, the case was prosecuted by Kim Daniel of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Harrisburg. Long was represented by Brian Perry of the Harrisburg-based PSW & Z Law Firm. Perry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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